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The meaning of "to cut a long story short"

" To cut a long story short "
Said when a storyteller doesn't want to bore his audience with a long involved account.
Macbeth has dozens of characters and is a very complex play. To cut a long story short, Macbeth dies.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 18th century.
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